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Which celebrities didn’t reach fame until they were older? Find out here.

8 Celebrities Who Made It Later In Life  was originally published on

1. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah faced many setbacks in her career as a news anchor until her big break in 1986, when she became a household name at the age of 32 with ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’

2. Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman received his first Oscar nomination when he was 49 years old for his role in ‘Driving Miss Daisy.’

3. Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad

Phylicia Rashad got her big break when she was cast as Clair Huxtable on ‘The Cosby Show.’ Phylicia was 36 when the show first aired in 1984.

4. Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Sam Jackson became an international star after his role as Jules Winnfield in ‘Pulp Fiction.’ He was 45 when the movie came out in 1993.

5. Leslie Jones

Leslie Jones

Leslie became the oldest person to ever join the cast of SNL in 2014 when she was 47 years old. Since then, her career has taken off and she’s starred in movies like ‘Ghostbusters.’

6. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita studied theater in college and started her career as a production assistant. She then got her masters from Yale and soon she won an Oscar for her role in ’12 Years A Slave.’

7. Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer

Octavia Spencer rose to stardom after her role in ‘The Help,’ for which she was awarded an Academy Award at the age of 42.

8. Selenis Levya

Selenis Levya

Selenis was a regular on ‘Law & Order’ for a long time until she came on for a re-occurring role on ‘Orange Is The New Black’ at the age of 41. Soon after, her role was made permanent.